Herb Formulas Notebook

Niu Xi Fu Zi Jiu

Achyranthes and Aconite Wine

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Source: Chinese Medicinal Wines and Elixirs (2008)
Author: Various

Category: Formulas that Warm Interior Cold

Pattern: Wind-Cold obstruction with Yang deficiency and Coldness in the Middle Jiao

Key Symptoms: Numbness and insensitivity of the fingers and hands, soreness and pain of the lower back and knees, difficulty walking, weak feets, spasms and cramps, lack of warmth in the four limbs, possible impotence, loose stools, soreness and pain of the muscles and flesh.

Niu Xi 15g
Qin Jiao 15g
Tian Men Dong 15g
Yi Yi Ren 10g
Du Huo 10g
Xi Xin 10g
Zhi Fu Zi 10g
Ba Ji Tian 10g
Wu Jia Pi 15g
Rou Gui 10g
Du Zhong 15g
Shi Nan Ye 10g
Bai Jiu 1.3L

Bai Jiu (white alcohol) traditionally means rice wine but can be substituted with any other high strength spirit.
Fu Zi is also prohibited from use in the UK due to toxicity. Xian Mao may be the best substitute in this instance.
Xi Xin must also be substituted in the UK. Gui Zhi and Qiang Huo are the usual replacements and may be suitable as they will work on the upper extremities while the existing Rou Gui and Du Huo work on the lower limbs.
Shi Nan Ye might also be hard to obtain. Yin Yang Huo makes a reasonable substitute and is also a leafy herb. Hai Tong Pi might also be a good addition as it has specific indications for spasms and works on the distant extremities.

Preparation: Grind the herbs and place in a large jar with 1.3L of alcohol and seal the lid for 10 days in winter, seven days in spring, five days in autumn and three days in summer. Open, remove the dregs and store for use. Take 15ml three times per day.

Actions: Scatters Cold and dispels Wind, supplements the Ming Men Fire and rescues Yang, soothes the sinews and invigorates the Blood, warms the Middle Jiao and alleviates pain.

Contraindications: Damp-Heat conditions, pregnancy and long term in the young and middle aged use due to the harmful effects on continuous alcohol consumption.

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